President-elect Barack Obama will nominate Rep. Ray LaHood (R-Ill.) as the next US Secretary of Transportation, according to multiple news reports. LaHood, 63, is retiring from Congress at year end after serving in the House of Representatives since 1995. The appointment of the Republican lawmaker by Democrat Obama is reminiscent of Republican President George Bush's naming Democrat Norman Mineta transportation secretary following the 2000 election. If confirmed, LaHood will oversee the ...

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